Interview with Ronald Scott

How did you respond to Rap and Stokely?


That was different, that was different. It was different. Stokely, Stokely Carmichael and Rap Brown presented a, a whole different perspective in terms of the way we related to the Civil Rights Movement. Ah, by about 1964 uh, I and many other young people were beginning to grow in consciousness and, uh, you know, we knew about Malcolm X and other kinds of things like that. I'll never forget the first time that Stokely came here because it was, uh, there was a, a young friend of mine who, uh, attended a rally and, uh, Stokely said, uh, to her, he said, uh, all of the women were wearing then as many are now, straightened hair, and uh, so he said to them, he said, "If you really want to be Black, take that stuff out of your hair." The girl ran out of the church, came back about 20 minutes later, and her hair was standing up on her head. And she said, "Stokely, Stokely, I'm Black." And so it, uh, it was, I think that the young people related because one, Stokely and the people in SNCC and, and, uh, I remember people in CORE and so forth were not that much older than them. You know, I attended a thing called the Black Symposium here with Stokely and McKissick and those guys, and what they were talking about related to the frustration that we had. It wasn't a big leap to say for us, to fight for yourself. My parents told me even though my mother is a Christian, a very devout Christian, she told me, "If somebody hits you, then you fight as much as you need to fight to defend yourself." That was the law, that was the... situation that we dealt with every day. And so Stokely and Rap, especially Rap, um, you know, just spoke to the issues that affected us in a urban situation I think more so than anyone else.


Cut. Bless you.